1. Samantha Irby, our usually NSFW friend at The Paper Machete, is profiled in the latest TimeOut. She's available if you want to take her out: "I’m hoping this article gets me laid." Direct quote. Learn more about Irby's loves (like New Kids on the Block) in our Machete extra with her from a few weeks back.
3. At the Annoyance tonight at 9:30: In A World, which "creates an entire universe of comic characters and situations" from one suggestion. So, improv. These characters are played by Aidy Bryant, Chris Day, Nancy Friedrich, T.J. Jagodowski, Conner O’Malley, Rebecca Sohn, Rich Sohn, Chris Witaske and special guests depending on the evening.
4. A lot of news from the Neo-Futurists: you can now get advance reservations for Too Much Light, they'll have a New Year's show, and also special 23rd anniversary shows coming up. Of course, lots of catches with this news: The advance reservations are $20 (at least 5 more than usual) and not applicable on Friday and Saturday nights. And the New Year's show will include a toast and pizza (all for $50). They've ALSO welcomed new ensemble members: Brenda Arellano, Trevor Dawkins, Tif Harrison, and Leah Urzendowski.
5. Hear the Dueling Critics talk all about Black Ensemble Theatre's new space -- and their new show, The Jackie Wilson Story -- on Eight Forty-Eight last week. While Jonathan Abarbanel says that there's always "a certain cookie cutter-ness" to their productions, and a selective history of the black experiencec about them, he praises Kelvin Rosten Jr.'s performance. Kelly Kleiman tells us that the new "space is beautiful" and is "really going to boost the attractiveness of the neighborhood", which is Uptown.
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